Exercise Term Paper

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What is exercise? The actual definition of exercise is; to use repeatedly in order to
strengthen or develop, but to make it simpler, exercise is doing programs and workouts to
keep fit, for example, running, hiking, bicycling, and any active sport.

Most Americans do little or no exercise during work or rest hours. Today there arenít many
jobs requiring intense physical activity. Instead of walking, people use automobiles or
public transportation. Instead of being physically active, people usually watch TV in
their free time. Some sports such as bowling, golf, and tennis (doubles) provide some
exercise, but do not provide as much exercise as other more vigorous sports.

Exercise is very important and is beneficial both physically and mentally. When you
exercise, you feel better about yourself because you are fit or your getting fit and you
feel that you have accomplished something that was hard to strive for. The benefits of
physical activity is it gives you more energy, it helps you in coping with stress, it
improves self-image, and it increases resistance of tiredness.

Exercise does not only keep you fit, it also reduces your chance of heart attack. Various
studies have shown that the chance of heart attack is two times more likely to happen to
an inactive person than a more active person. It really all adds up because with
exercising, you burn off calories, which keeps you at your desirable weight, which lowers
your risk of heart disease.

There are risks in exercising though. The major risk in exercising is injury to the muscle
or joints. This happens when a person exercises too hard for too long, this mostly happens
to people that have been inactive for a while.

In some situations, people have died while exercising. In these situations, most of the
deaths have been by overexertion in people who have had heart problems. For people who are
under the age of thirty, these heart conditions are usually from heart defect present at
birth. For the people that are over the age of 40, the heart condition is usually coronary
artery, which is the buildup of deposits of fats in the heart's blood vessels. A lot of
these deaths have followed by warning signs such as chest pain, lightheartedness,
fainting, and extreme breathlessness. These are symptoms that should not be ignored and
medical attention should be advised immediately.

Exercising too hard is not good for anyone, however, and is especially dangerous for
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